This design by mid-century Danish master Arne Jacobsen didn’t just win the most prestigious award at the Milan Trienniale – it was named for it. Originally introduced at an exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art and Design in 1957, it was displayed later that year in Milan where it took the Grand Prix award, as well as the name. It’s no surprise. Jacobsen applied his expert understanding of the human form and wood molding techniques to create this lightweight, stackable, contract-quality seat, which remains an ideal choice for a wide range of commercial and residential applications. The molded plywood seat and back are shaped to comfortably support the body. Stackable up to 6 (or 12 high with the dolly, available by special order) for compact storage. This is the authentic Grand Prix Chair by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark.
Choose from nine options of Colored Ash, a durable stain that keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique.
Pressure-molded sliced veneer shell with outer layer in colored ash veneer; tubular steel frame with polished-chrome finish.
Arne Jacobsen bought a plywood chair designed by Charles Eames and installed it in his own studio, where it inspired one of the most commercially successful chair models in design history. The three-legged Ant chair (1951) sold in millions and is considered a classic today. It consists of two simple elements: tubular steel legs and a springy seat and back formed out of a continuous piece of plywood in a range of vivid colors.
Jacobsen began training as a mason before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen where he won a silver medal for a chair that was then exhibited at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Art Decoratifs in Paris. Influenced by Le Corbusier, Gunnar Asplund and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jacobsen embraced a functionalist approach from the outset. He was among the first to introduce modernist ideas to Denmark and create industrial furniture that built upon on its craft-based design heritage. Read more >